Film: “Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu”; Cast: Pawan Kalyan, Tamannaah Bhatia, Prakash Raj, Brahmanandam and Ali; Director: Puri Jagannadh; Rating: ***
“Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu” is not just a perfect follow up to “Gabbar Singh” but even surpasses it in many departments.
Puri, who disappointed everybody with “Devudu Chesina Manushulu”, ensures unadulterated entertainment and thought-provoking moments in his latest offering.
When a righteous journalist is killed by a corrupt politician named Rana Babu, a socially responsible mechanic Ramnabu, played by Pawan Kalyan, turns to journalism, after being persuaded by Ganga, played by Tamannaah, to bring expose crimes of the politician.
However, Rambabu did not anticipate that, as a journalist, he was always expected to play by the books. Irked by the situation, he steps down as a journalist and clashes horns with Rana Babu.
How will Rambabu stop Rana at all costs from becoming the next chief minister forms the rest of the story.
Puri takes a dig at the political state of affairs in Andhra Pradesh. The scenes that unfold are mirror the current condition of people in the state.
Sensitive issues such as Telangana and riots among college students are addressed intelligently.
Of course, the style Puri chooses may appear cliched but on the whole, he does stir the mind.
The audiences will be engaged by Pawan’s dynamism and Puri’s powerful dialogues and his narration at breakneck speed.
The film keeps you hooked, especially during comical moments involving Brahmanandam and Ali.
Puri brilliantly uses these comedians to emphasise on the flawed, over-hyped and unethical media in this country.
One particular scene between Brahmanandam and Pawan in the newsroom is hilarious and appreciative.
Pawan performs with ease and elan and his timing for comedy is commendable.
Tamannaah is impressive in her role and proves she is one of the best actresses in the industry.
Kota Srinivasa Rao and Prakash Raj, playing father and son and villains, are maniacal and brilliant.
However, the role essayed by Prakash seems similar to the one he played in “Businessman”.
Puri has once again proved his mettle as a scriptwriter and director. Although the film may partly appear superfluous, he and Pawan do manage to grab your attention.
Mani Sharma’s music may not appeal to everyone, it is sure to impress Pawan fans.